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One of the funniest signs I have ever seen was in a souvenir shop at Topsail Beach. It was a picture of a Blackbeard-type pirate, and it simply said, “The beatings will continue until morale … more
If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to the … more
Last month, the Johnston County Board of Education said it would continue to pay coaches and band directors their salary supplements. The board did so even though football games and their halftime … more
Grace — what a beautiful word. We say it before meals, sing it at funerals, and sometimes ask creditors for it. Grace is my daughter’s middle name. We ask for grace a lot, but what does it … more
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all heard talk about businesses, services and even personnel that are essential. In March and April, the talk turned to the essential nature of those working in … more
If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to … more
Inking a $100 million deal with Spotify made stand-up comic Joe Rogan a trailblazer in the podcasting world. But his move from California to Texas follows a well-worn, predictable path. Texas … more
“You have a flashlight?” “Nope.” “You need to go get one. You know there are snakes out here.” “I know. But I was busy and got sidetracked. It’ll be fine.” On any … more
The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn’t Joe Biden. The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler railing … more
The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn’t Joe Biden. The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler … more
In North Carolina, town managers serve at the whim of town councils, and I have no qualms with that. Managers, many of them handsomely paid, are responsible for the daily operations of their towns, … more
What are you telling yourself these days? It’s a strange question, I know, but it’s important to answer. I have been studying 1 Samuel, and in Chapter 27, David tells himself something that … more
When even clickbait proves more accurate than a CNN political story, it’s tough to brush off media bias as a figment of conservative critics’ imagination. Eric Trump clicked “like” on an … more
When even clickbait proves more accurate than a CNN political story, it’s tough to brush off media bias as a figment of conservative critics’ imagination. Eric Trump clicked "like" … more
In this era of “Black Lives Matter” and with the death of the “conscience of the U.S. Congress,” John Lewis, I have a new awareness and appreciation for this growing national theme. This … more
Johnston school board member Peggy Smith, who will retire when her term ends in December, is making a difference in her last months in office. Most elected leaders don’t stand out, and I don’t … more
I searched the word “gentleness” online. Dictionary.com defined the adjective as “kindly; amiable; not severe, rough or violent; mild.” Hmm. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? I would love to see … more
In only the first week of fall classes, a suburban Atlanta school made national news for negligence and then further damaged its reputation by punishing whistleblowers and threatening … more
Over the last several months, our families, our communities and our country have been in a war against COVID-19, a fight that continues to this day. The highly-contagious virus has taken countless … more
The coronavirus is no longer the biggest back-to-school threat, some college students say. The pandemic has taken a back seat to a new bogeyman: campus police. Young activists are calling on their … more
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